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The final installment in the trilogy of albums that commenced Texas Tornados’ recording career, Hangin’ On by a Thread features the group’s most diverse set of material. Augie Meyers’ rousing Spanglish stomp “Guacamole” is the kind of song that had come to define the group; it's an improbable mixture of corny humor and authentic roots music that no one else could pull off. But listeners should pay equal attention to the group’s more subtle maneuvers. A lifelong friend and admirer of Bob Dylan, Doug Sahm reanimates the well-loved “To Ramona.” Sahm taps into the song’s deepest poignancies as his compatriots spice up the arrangement with Tejano trimmings. “La Grande Vida” is a hybrid of Tex-Mex and reggae that brings the band’s taste for cultural cross-pollination almost to the breaking point, but the performance is saved by Sahm’s sincerity. Regardless of the material, his voice never fails to give listeners a full bear hug. Yet the album’s crown jewel is “Adios Mi Corazon,” a ballad that the larger-than-life Augie Meyers handles with homespun elegance.


Formed: 1989

Genre: Country

Years Active: '80s, '90s

The ultimate Tex-Mex supergroup, Texas Tornados were composed of some of the genre's most legendary figures: Doug Sahm, Augie Meyers (Sahm's bandmate in the groundbreaking Sir Douglas Quintet), Hispanic country star Freddy Fender, and accordion virtuoso Flaco Jimenez. The group's infectious, party-ready sound blended country, early rock & roll, Mexican folk music, R&B, blues, and whatever other roots musics crossed their paths. The Tornados first assembled in 1989 at a concert in San Francisco,...
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